Low Labour Force Participation Rate Trend Continues, Unemployment Rate 6.2%

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Sept. 8, 2017) - Canada's Labour Force Survey released today showed that the Canadian unemployment rate in August declined 0.1 per cent to 6.2 per cent nationally. The labour force participation rate, which measures those actively looking for work stayed even at 65.7 per cent - near a decade low and continuing a concerning trend.

"The trend month-to-month on Canada's low labour force participation is something we continue to see as a cause for concern," said Bob Funk, CEO and chairman of the board of Express Employment Professionals. "We know from the Canadian franchisees that employers are looking for workers. We now have to get people back into the workforce and fill those jobs."

Express Employment franchisees in Canada currently have 800 jobs available to be filled.

Learn more about the employment market from our recent hot job markets report in Canada.

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About Robert A. Funk
Robert A. "Bob" Funk is chairman and chief executive officer of Express Employment Professionals. Headquartered in Oklahoma City, the international staffing company has more than 770 franchises in the U.S., Canada and South Africa. Under his leadership, Express has put more than 6 million people to work worldwide. Funk served as Chairman of the Conference of Chairmen of the Federal Reserve and was also the Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.

About Express Employment Professionals
Express Employment Professionals puts people to work. It generated $3.05 billion in sales and employed a record 510,000 people in 2016. Its long-term goal is to put a million people to work annually. For more information, visit ExpressPros.com.

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Kellie Major
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